I finally got to see this over the weekend--my brother got a copy of it from the library thinking it would be something like a reunion of HOOSIERS. He was a bit surprised.(G)
It's definitely a film adaptation of a play and very stage bound. I'm not sure the text benefited from the time being moved from 1978 to 1998--the references to 1998 seemed shoehorned in and the attitudes seemed very much of the late 1970s (although, unfortunately, plenty of people still have the racist and sexist ideas of the characters). Paul Sorvino, who originated the role of Phil Romano (the character Mr. D'Onofrio plays in this version) in the play, gives a good effort as the Coach, but he seemed miscast in the part. Mr. Sorvino also directed the film; his technical work is adequate, but he should be really commended for his work with the actors. All of them give extraordinary performances. It helps that they've got Jason Miller's great play and dialogue to work with, of course, but all of them just inhabit their roles. Terry Kinney (who most of you know is Kathryn Erbe's husband) doesn't avoid showing the whiny, manipulative side of his character; Gary Sinise avoids letting his character become a caricature; and Tony Shalhoub and Mr. D'Onofrio are terrific. It's a raw play, but I can't praise it highly enough as an example of great acting.
Also watched it this weekend on DVD, Thought the actors were great, would love to see Monk and Goren work together in a movie of the week or something, lol. Found it long, 2 hours, seems it could have been cut. Wonder who won the Mayor race though.
Post by annabelleleigh on Oct 2, 2009 9:37:52 GMT -5
This 1999 Paul Sorvino-directed, TV remake of Jason's Miller's 1972 Pulitzer Prize drama will pop up in the wee hours of Wednesday, October 7, 2009 on Showtime 2. If you're premium cable subscriber and haven't yet seen it, you might want to set your DVR.
Vincent D'Onofrio reprises the role of ex-basketball star Phil Romano, the part played by Sorvino in the 1982 film.
As noted earlier in this thread, Steppenwolf Theatre alumni Gary Sinise and Terry Kinney (the ex-Mr. Kathyrn Erbe) are also featured, along with Tony Shaloub.
I understand that not much of the original, multi-award-winning Jason Miller prose remains in this contemporary version. But it will be interesting to see D'Onofrio in a substantial role a couple of years prior to becoming Det. Robert Goren.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009, Showtime 2, 12:15 AM ET
This production is far from perfect, and there is an element of "why" about it--particularly why update the story. But the acting by the leads is remarkable. Mr. D'Onofrio makes one feel very badly for a not very nice character who is really still a frightened sixteen year old at heart. Mr. Shalhoub is terrific too, even though his hair is dyed blonde, which makes him look a bit like a photo negative. I'd be interested in people's reactions to this.